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Hunger strike for freedom, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Today 17 April 2017, nearly 1500 political prisoners in Israeli jails wenton an open-ended hunger strike until their demands of basic humanetreatment in prison are met. This includes family visits, stopping abuse,availability of medical treatment, knowing their sentence (administrativedetainees held for months and sometimes years without charge or trial),etc.  There were many activities to honor them and show solidarity. Forexample we in Al-Rowwad Culture and Art Society held the festival of return(3aidoun) in their honor, there were demonstrations at the wall (inhaledmuch tear gas) and we have a candle-light vigil later tonight inBethlehem’s manger square. Please keep prisoners issues alive so that theystay alive and are treated with dignity they deserve. These events happenin between our usual work at the museum (research, education,conservation). 15 elementary school children visited as did several localpeople. Our team of international volunteers (seven today) continue and areworking hard. Look for us on facebook under Palestine Museum of NaturalHistory.Why we are on hunger strike in Israel's prisons Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized byDecades of War. In Afghanistan on Thursday, the United States militarydropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever—the Massive Ordnance AirBlast, or MOAB, nicknamed "The Mother of All Bombs." The 21,600-pound bombreportedly unleashed an explosion equivalent to 11 tons of TNT with amile-wide blast radius…..[They keep telling us it is “non-nuclear” (why not non-biological,non-chemical?). It was described the Afhani officials as devastating topeople and the environment. This came after Trump refused independentinvestigations and claimed he knows Syrian government used chemical weaponsand bombed Syria. He is now the typical neocon….]American police are now regularly getting training from Israeli apartheidofficers. Is it any wonder then they drag people out of airplanes and shootblacks in the street? Here is an interesting opinion piece in theWashington Post. Crucified man had prior run in with authorities:I guess this is how we are writing up the victims of crimes now. I did notrealize that when you boarded a plane you gave away the right to have yourpast remain your past, but a theme of life these days is that only peoplewho have never done anything wrong, or are in some way related to DonaldTrump, deserve to go through their lives unmolested. In accordance withthis new house style I am writing up an incident whose anniversary somepeople are celebrating this week.  The gentleman arrested Thursday andtried before Pontius Pilate had a troubled background. Secrets: The UAE’s Deals With Israel HumanMazin QumsiyehA bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at homeProfessor and (volunteer) DirectorPalestine Museum of Natural HistoryPalestine Institute of Biodiversity and SustainabilityBethlehem UniversityOccupied Palestinehttp://qumsiyeh.orghttp://palestinenature.orgJoin me on facebook